When it comes to photography, I just put the camera on auto, frame, aim and let the electronics do the rest of the work. Some travel bloggers though are expert photographers who fiddle with every button on their camera in order to get the exact shot they desire. So due to my limited knowledge of photography, although I’ve taken thousands of photos at TBEX 2013 in Dublin, Ireland and other places, I decided to take the Photo Walk Workshop with Laurence from FindingTheUniverse.com and Daniel from Canvas-of-Light.com. These guys are proper photographers, so why not learn from two of the better photographers around.
This was one of two or three workshops offered as a part of the price of admission to the conference. These workshops are designed to give you hands on experience in the chosen topic, plus you get to meet other attendees as well; bonus! These occurred on the day before the two-day conference sessions started.
It was a wet and rainy afternoon when we set out, armed with umbrellas and parkas or not for some. But as good neighbors we shared our umbrellas; hey. its a great way to meet someone new and its the right thing to do. Despite the weather, we were all excited to see what we would learn as we set out.
We wandered through the neighborhood taking photos and networking as curious onlookers watched. Every now and then Daniel and/or Laurence would inject some of their photography knowledge into our heads. The bloggers were eager to make adjustments so they would get good photos.
We wandered through the streets of Dublin among its famous Georgian buildings as well as its wide and sometimes narrower streets, its Parks and finally a Pub; afterall we are in Dublin and no walk is completely without a pint of that Black gold.
Bloggers are usually curious about the cameras other bloggers use, so during the walk I thought it worthwhile to do a mini survey of what everyone was using. This was also a great way to meet everyone. For me, I do not travel with my DSLR (Nikon D70s) as its way too bulky and I don’t really have the room for it at all. So I only had my Samsung Galaxy S II and my iPad with me (I think I initially annoyed Daniel in a fun way when I revealed the iPad :-)). But I used it to take a few photos and movies, despite the inclement weather. As a matter of fact, the first photo on this page was taken using the iPad.
Here’s what I found out from my survey:
- Daniel – Canon EOS 6D w/ 24-70mm
- Emiliano – Canon EOS 7D w/ 24-105mm
- Nienke – Sony NEX-3 w 18-55mm
- Mijre – Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 5-108mm built-in
- Mindi – Canon S100
- Erik – Canon IXUS95IS
- Brett – Canon EOS 7D w/ 24-105mm L
- Stephen – Canon Rebel T3i w/ 18-55m
- Sally – Nikon D3100 w/ Tamron 18-200mm
- Agata – Canon 60D w/17-70mm
- Christa – Canon Powershot SX 40 24-840mm
- Helen –
- Wilma – Nikon Coolpix 5-25mm
- Lisa – Canon EOS Rebel T3 w/18-55mm
- Vera – Sony Nex-7 w/ 3.5-5.6 16-50mm
- Amanda – Olympus E-P2 w/ 14-42mm
- Ryan – Nikon D3200 w/ 18-55mm
- Lina – iPhone
- Laurence – Canon 6D w/17-40mm
So only two Nikons in the group, but who’s counting. Check out the bloggers’ sites and photos and fell free to keep in touch with them and ask questions about the photography equipment or other questions that come to mind. This was a fun walk; I’m sure the others enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks Laurence and Daniel.
What kind of camera do you use for your blog? Any tips for other blogger photographers? Please leave a comment below.
Plus, if you were on the walk, please share a link to your photos in the comments so we can see the walk through your eyes.